Station explores digital broadcast offer
The Voice considers approach by North Devon service licence holders.
THE team behind a bid to re-establish a permanent radio station in North Devon say they have been offered the chance to broadcast on a new digital service, which launched in the region yesterday (Monday).
Ian Starling, joint managing director of The Voice, told the Gazette that the station was considering its options following the official approach by service licence holders NOW Digital.
He said: “The directors of The Voice are now undergoing consultations with NOW Digital and are looking for business investment from the area as plans to launch on DAB radio move forward quickly.
“We have to consider how many listeners we will have and whether we can cover the costs of broadcasting digitally.”
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Mr Starling said that the option to broadcast digitally was something the station was considering in addition to its application for a community FM licence, which is still pending a decision from media regulator Ofcom.
He welcomed the extension of digital radio services in North Devon but said the area still needed a local station in addition to the more regionalised services like Heart Devon, Gold Devon and Capital FM.
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He said: “For some years now the majority of North Devon has had access to national radio stations such as the BBC national network and commercial radio like Classic FM and Planet Rock.
“The listener now has more choice as radio moves towards a digital age.
“We are still aiming to bring a full time local radio service to many parts of North Devon – sometime in 2012.”
The Voice will be returning to FM frequency on a 28-day temporary licence from March 16.
The station will broadcast to most of Barnstaple, Braunton and Bratton Fleming on 107.1 FM.
For more information or to listen in on-line, visit www.thevoicefm.co.uk